Change is everywhere–with budgets and the university and the country. And also with unions. At our last budget meeting we discussed upcoming court cases that almost certainly mean fair share will be eliminated nationally, and unions will need to reconfigure themselves–and rely more and in different ways on their members.
Come find out how the UPI is responding Monday OR Tuesday at 3 pm, rooms to be announced. Change isn’t easy, but we will weather it better together! Tim
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, October 5th, 3-4:30, in BBH 101 for our next full UPI membership meeting. Come find out how members are responding to the DACA crisis, to adjunct exploitation, to Forward 150, and to national events likely to affect the health of unions everywhere.
Tell us what you are doing and how you want to get involved. Let me know of specific agenda items we will need to address. Thanks, Tim
Lydia Snow is organizing a few events for Campus Equity Week, a week dedicated to the exploitation of full- and part-time instructors (read more about it here: https://csalsite.wordpress.com/)
While many of us are (rightly) focused on the current plight of the university and how it is affecting us personally. I think it’s worth considering how much our current economic disaster is related to the long-term, structural denigration of university life–which is represented no more clearly than by the way adjuncts and instructors have been treated for far too many years.
An overhaul is needed at every level, and we need to support instruction at this university (the majority of which is done by non-tenure track faculty) by volunteering on Tuesday, October 24 (activity hour), Thursday, October 26 (activity hour), Monday, October 30 (12-2), or Tuesday, Oct. 31 anytime. We need people to plan and to help out and to simply be present as we decide how NEIU will participate in this important week. I’ll be taking part; who else can help out? Tim
There is a UPI statewide meeting this Friday night and Saturday at Northern Illinois in DeKalb. As things–good and bad–keep changing for unions around the country, the Local is looking for members from all the chapters in Illinois to attend this meeting to see how they can get more involved, especially around national issues having to do with “Right to Work” laws, fair share payments, and more.
Come get involved!. Saturday morning is the crucial time to be in DeKalb, from about 9-12. Thanks, Tim
You have probably seen the email below regarding the open forum for the presidential search.
At our membership meeting last week, we discussed the importance of the UPI having an active role in this process, and I was hoping we can get a strong UPI contingent (maybe in green) tomorrow to address issues like those that came up at our meeting: for example, what happens if we put significant work into Forward 150 this year and a new president comes along and decides to move in a new direction? What will this mean for work, morale, serving students, etc.?
Can you let me know if you can make it to the open forum tomorrow, and as a group can we strategize about how to take part in the search? Thanks, Tim
TO: University Community
FROM: Mike Dizon, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
DATE: August 29, 2017
RE: Presidential Search Open Forum tomorrow at 2 p.m.
The Executive Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees will host the second of two open forums / listening sessions for the presidential search that is currently underway. This event is open to all faculty, staff and students. Led by executive search firm Greenwood / Asher & Associates, Inc., this event will be an opportunity to share feedback in person. The Board will also accept feedback online at neiu.edu/feedback. The Forum is scheduled for tomorrow, August 30, at 2 p.m. in the Main Campus Auditorium.
Greenwood / Asher & Associates asks all attendees to think of answers to the following questions. They invite you to share your answers at the event or online.
What are the attributes that are important to you in a President?
What do you want your President to accomplish during the next three years?
What opportunities are on the horizon?
What do you love about Northeastern?
We will have a UPI membership meeting at 1 pm on Wednesday, August 23rd (room to be announced). Four items are on the agenda, and we can bring in others:
1) Activism for the new year. We need to consider ways to influence the state to fully fund public education next year and the years after.
2) Reviewing summer layoffs: the UPI leadership has been advocating against layoffs and shuffling of admin staff. A stronger, ongoing response must be considered.
3) Forward 150: in the wake of a budget this summer, along with the continued reduction and uncertainty of funding and the university’s need to build its reserves, how do we approach a year that is supposed to involve more change? What do we cut? What money needs to be saved? Who decides and what is the financial state of NEIU?
4) The budget survey: what are we being asked and how do we respond? Jon Hageman, UPI member who has been involved in the discussion of budget models, will answer questions.
And don’t forget, on Saturday August 26, from 3-???, I will have an open house at 6839 N. Knox Ave. in Lincolnwood to thank Sophia Mihic and Nanette Potee for their extraordinary service to the UPI and the University, to celebrate our own strength as a union, and to bring in the new academic year together. All are invited.
Hey all – remember we have a UPI Membership Meeting, Golden Eagles, Thursday 7/3 at 12:00 Noon.
And then we hope as many as possible can skip on over to a Budget Celebration later that afternoon at 4:30:
Alarmist Brewing and Tap Room
4055 W. Peterson Ave
We have not only solidarity but success to celebrate!
We’ll get a better sense Thursday of what it all means and celebrate all of our work over the past two years without a state budget.
Hey Folks – we are not out of the woods yet–we still need the Senate to act on the revenue bill passed by the House and a veto override of Rauner–but we are closer to having a state budget and Higher Ed appropriation than we have been for two years.
We’ve got some campus politics issues too that we will need to deliberate. Please mark your calendars and save the date for a UPI Membership Meeting, Thursday 7/13 at noon. (Location TBA.)
Here’s the article from the Tribune on the vote yesterday:
And we aren’t going to boast too much yet, but our politicization (IN THE SUMMER!!?) will have to get part of the thanks on this legislative movement when we are through this and have an appropriation. Check out the report on the (first ever to not be dispersed) March on Rauner in Winnetka a week ago.
If the drama in Springfield drags on beyond the end of the week, there is going to be canvassing in DeKalb around NIU that we have been asked to join Saturday. Stay tuned!
One thing supporting the passage of the revenue bill last night is that Norinne Hammond representing Macomb and WIU, Reggie Phillips representing Charleston and EIU, and Robert Pritchard representing DeKalb and NIU voted for their universities and communities. That’s a sign of how important UPI’s work has been–and UPI’s work is you!
UPI – bring kids and be there for the Solstice Solidarity Picnic. UPI is treating AFSCME and the rest of the university community. We have a good base of food building up and will very much appreciate you adding a dish to the table if you can.
Solstice Solidarity Potluck, June 21, Noon-2:00 LWH Portico
Most important though? Bring yourself and be there for our fellow university members–especially in Civil Service–who need our support!
In class then? Bring students out with you!!
Hey UPI – we have the NEIUnited Coalition together and working on actions to get STOP GAP and save Higher Ed in Illinois.
TOMORROW, Friday 6/9 at 1:00 FA 206
we’ll be working on info leaflets and signs
(and the banner idea has some legs too)
Please join us!
SAVE THE DATE and BE THERE: Wednesday, 6/21
7:00 am in Regalia or an NEIU T-Shirt, leafletting at the Winnetka Metro Station
Just a short walk, which we will be marching, to the Rauner homestead
4:00 pm NEIU Workers–is it a potluck or is it a soup line–here on campus
UPI will host our colleagues from across campus and we are getting out the lawn sports games too!
Hope to see folks tomorrow and thanks to everyone for the support thus far!